An Introduction to Family Therapy: Systemic Theory and Practice
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The fourth edition of the bestselling An Introduction to Family Therapy provides an overview of the core concepts informing family therapy and systemic practice, covering the development of this innovative field from the 1950s to the present day.The book considers both British and International perspectives and includes the latest developments in current practice, regulation and innovation, looking at these developments within a wider political, cultural and geographical context. The fully revised fourth edition also contains new material on:



EXPANDED Chapter 4 'Ideas that keep knocking on the door'-updated with applications of attachment & narrative therapy, linking these ideas to issues of developing the therapeutic alliance with families

EXPANDED Chapter 5 'Systemic Formulation'- updated with a view of formulation as a core skill in many therapeutic models, and an alternative to diagnosis

EXPANDED Chapter 6 '21st Century Practice Development'- updated to include cutting edge innovations in the field, such as integrative practice

EXPANDED Chapter 7 'Couple Therapy'- updated to include the more recent process and outcome research in the models, making link with current systemic practice and using more illustrative examples and highlighting how Relate has changed

EXPANDED Chapter 8 'Research and Evaluation'- updated with a greater range or research methods and contemporary emphasis on evidence based practice

Greater focus on key family therapy skills throughout the book in the updated 'Formats of Exploration' feature in each chapterExpanded lists of key texts and diagrams, suggested reading organized by topic, and new practical examples and exercises are also used in order to encourage the reader to explore and experiment with the ideas in their own practice.

This book is key reading for students and practitioners of family therapy and systemic practice as well as those from the fields of counselling, psychology, social work and the helping professions who deal with family issues,


"The fourth edition of Dallos and Draper's book admirably achieves its aim of giving an overview of the field of systemic therapy from the 1950s to the present day, with a consideration of both British and international perspectives, taking account of the wider political, cultural and geographical context. Like its previous editions, the fourth edition of Dallos and Draper's introductory family therapy book will continue to be a valued resource for both students on family therapy training programmes and experienced professionals. I recommend it highly."



Alan Carr, Review in the Journal of Family Therapy, December 2015
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Product details

  • Paperback | 488 pages
  • 171 x 242 x 26mm | 771.11g
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4th edition
  • 0335264549
  • 9780335264544
  • 14,570

Table of contents

Introduction
Experiences of systemic and family therapy
A family's view
Two therapists' views
What is the 'family'?
The family life cycle
Allowing the family a voice
The organizing framework of this book
Key texts offering a historical overview of systemic and family therapy

Setting the scene - 1950s

1. The first phase - 1950s to mid-1970s
Cultural landscape
Influential people and ideas
Practice
Commentary
Key texts
Skill guides

2. The second phase - mid-1970s to mid-1980s
Cultural landscape
Influential people and ideas
Practice
Commentary
Key texts
Skill guides

3. The third phase - mid-1980s to 2000
Cultural landscape
Influential people and ideas
Practice
Commentary
Key texts
Skill guides

4. Emotions and attachments as the driving force in family systems
Emotions and early family therapy concepts
Attachment theory
Attachment-oriented systemic therapies
Reflections and summary
Key texts

5. Systemic formulation and formulating
Systemic theory: Formulation and formulating
A case example of systemic formulation
Formulating
Commentary
Key texts
Skill guides
Systemic formulation

6. Twenty-first century practice development: Conversations across the boundaries of models
Cultural landscape
Practice
Commentary
Key texts

7. Couple therapy
Culture, family and couples contexts
Approaches to couple therapy
Influential people, ideas and services
Twenty-first century practice and service developments
Commentary
Key texts

8. Research and evaluation
Introduction
Why conduct research?
Evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence
Science, research and systemic therapy
Evaluation research: Does family therapy work?
Therapy process research
Family theory research
Discussion and reflections
Key texts

9. Reflections 2015
Current state of the art
Crystal-ball gazing
Developmental perspectives
Review and summary
Integrations
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About Ros Draper

Rudi Dallos is Professor of Clinical psychology and Programme Director of the D.Clin. Psychology training programme at the University of Plymouth. He also teaches on qualifying systemic family therapy courses, an intermediate family therapy course and conducts a variety of guest lecturing. He offers extensive clinical and research supervision, especially in areas related to this proposed publication. He has published a range of book , most recently, Formulation in Psychology and Psychotherapy (2005) , Working Systemically with Families, 2003, Researching psychotherapy and Counselling, 2005, An Introduction to Family Therapy (2005 2nd edition) and Interacting Stories: Narratives, Family Beliefs and Therapy (1997)
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